ACC accepts Pitt, Cuse; will grow to 14

Pittsburgh and Syracuse, once flagship programs of the Big East, have been accepted as members of the Atlantic Coast Conference, extending the league’s current membership to 14 schools, the ACC announced on Sunday morning.

It was a unanimous vote by the university presidents following letters of application from both Pitt and Syracuse.

“The ACC has enjoyed a rich tradition by balancing academics and athletics and the addition of Pitt and Syracuse further strengthens the ACC culture in this regard,” ACC commissioner John Swofford said in a prepared statement. “Pittsburgh and Syracuse also serve to enhance the ACC’s reach into the states of New York and Pennsylvania and geographically bridges our footprint between Maryland and Massachusetts. With the addition of Pitt and Syracuse, the ACC will cover virtually the entire Eastern Seaboard of the United States.”

More information is expected during a 9:30 a.m. ET teleconference with the ACC. Stay tuned for much more, as there are still a lot of questions that need to be answered.